Women's Health & Hygiene

Initiatives Undertaken

Collaboration with Women’s Cancer Initiative – Tata Memorial Hospital

Women's Cancer Awareness With TMH
USF has extended its support to the the Women’s Cancer Initiative (WCI), founded in 2003 by Devieka Bhojwani, in partnership with the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), in Mumbai, which is one of the leading hospitals in the country, working on treatment, education and research in the field of the different types of women’s cancer such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, etc.
USF extends its support to WCH-TMH to help cancer patients “We are very grateful to United Sisters Foundation (USF), for their generous donations raised through the Pinkathon events. Your contribution will go a long way in helping achieve the goals of our foundation.” - DEVEIKA BHOJWANI

Swavalamban – A Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Project

Menstrual Hygiene Management Project
Swavalamban is a project committed towards women’s menstrual health and hygiene. Through this project, the aim is to identify, train, educate and empower women from weaker sections of the Indian society to bring about a behavioral change that will help to improve their living conditions, health and wellness.
Social Mobilization Activity - Street Play
Infrastructure Beautification to Create Awareness
Initiated as a research pilot project in Delhi, to focus on creating awareness of menstrual health & hygiene practices through Education and Capacity Building. The project also focused on areas like Health, Environment, Economic & Empowerment.
To understand Practices, Myths, Taboos related to MHM in the locality
Interactions at the community level conducted via Health Workshops with larger groups of women by MHM experts
In association with Apollo Hospitals, a medical and health camp was organized in the local area for women to get free health checkups
The change agents identified, and announced as the Gulabi Behen were felicitated by the founders for their efforts towards raising awareness
Detailed Project Report Published
Following the success of the pilot MHM project in Delhi, USF began executing Phase 2 of the project in Vakola & Kalina areas of Santacruz, Mumbai and Slum pockets of Kalyan, Thane District.
Community Mobilization Activity in Kalina
MHM Training Session in Vakola
MHM Awareness Session at a School in Kalina
Life Skill Session in Vakola
MHM Exhibition at R.I.S.E Summit
Sensitization of Asha Workers at Kalyan

Pinkathon Goes to the Moon

Fundraising Project on Mobile App
A fundraising campaign designed to raise funds for Project Swavalamban to promote Women Empowerment and Menstrual Hygiene Management across all sections of society
The concept was to make women & men walk/run maximum kilometers everyday to cover the distance of 3.8 lacs KM (Dist. between earth and moon) in 1 month and was executed on the Impact Fitness Charity App
For every km completed INR 10 would be donated on behalf of the runner. But this money would be paid by donors who would pledge to donate to the cause and not the runners
The Himalaya Drug Company donated to USF for Project Swavalamban. As part of the project we plan to orient & train 500 women in MHM and Reusable Cloth Pad and also conduct MHM awareness sessions for school girls.

Swavalamban

With The Himalaya Drug Company
With the money raised by The Himalaya Drug Company through the Pinkathon Goes to the Moon fundraising activity, we are orienting and training over 500 women in MHM and Reusable Cloth Pad and also conduct MHM awareness sessions for school girls.
  • Awareness Session – Bhal, Kalyan (E)
  • Session on making Reusable Cloth Pad at Kalyan
  • Awareness Session – Reshmai School
  • Awareness Session – Ganesh Vidhyalay

MHM Training Project

With JCB Industries in Assam School
JCB Industries, Guwahati (Assam) partnered with USF to conduct MHM Awareness sessions across urban, semi-urban, and rural schools of Assam. The program was designed to educate & engage students and school managements. and ensure the trainings continue on auto pilot to reach out to maximum numbers using a Training Of Trainers (TOT) approach. As part of the project 15 Guwahati Medical College (GMC) staff members were trained as trainers and the program was conducted in 9 schools with the following activities:
  • School Recce & Sensitization Meeting with School Management in Guwahati
  • Understanding Local Practices
  • Sensitization meeting with Guwahati Medical College Staff (GMC)
  • Training of Trainers (TOT) at GMC
  • Awareness session at Sabirti Bharali School
  • Awareness Session at Railway Maligaon
  • Awareness Session – Don Bosco